Let’s Hear It for the Kids!

“Future” Fest

After partygoers entered the big blue doors of the Louisiana Children’s Museum on Julia Street for the annual CHAIRish the Children fundraiser, they traveled thematically on a cosmic journey celebrating the museum’s 30 years of play and learning, and the anticipation of more bright days to come. “LCM Looks to the Future” titled the to-do chaired by Drs. Mara Haseltine and Melissa Montgomery that featured gourmet cuisine, spirits, silent and live auctions, unique chairs, and music by Satchfield Music (DJ Scott Satchfield). Nancy Kirkeby and Carol Starr headed up the Restaurant Committee, Kara McGuire did the invitation artwork, and The Advocate was the media sponsor.

An exclusive CHAIRish the Children patron party had hors d’oeuvres compliments of Peche Seafood Grill and signature cocktails served in colorful, blinking cups, such as the Cane Run Rum “Cosmic Blast" and Wheatley Vodka “Nuclear Eclipse.” Another attraction was the $2,000 Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry shopping spree, which produced Lisa Abad as the thrilled winner.

Following the patrons’ hobnobbing, the fun continued with purveyance by 20+ restaurants, cocktails, music, keepsake photos and auction excitement. Artworks, jewelry, vacations, family outings, shopping and one-of-a kind chairs designed by Frenchy, Shannon Kelley, Ellen Macomber, Posh Paint Pub, Nadia Ramadan, and Simon of New Orleans created the buzz. And the bucks.

During the live portion, the party pack donated to LCM’s Rainy Day Fund to help youngsters and their schools impacted by flooding.

To honor the “Future” theme, decorations Co-chairwomen Dr. Jennifer Cruz Chamberlain and Aja Mipro created a whimsical and futuristic “feel” with brightly colored planets and stars floating from above the museum’s atrium, as well as a huge moon and cascading stars that dangled from the three-story logo house. With a nod to the LCM future, guests gazed at a sneak preview of plans for the museum through a giant telescope.

Within the futurescape were board President K. Taylor Beery with spouse Angel, LCM CEO Julia W. Bland, Colleen and Scott Levy, Michael and Sheldon Schmidt, Scott and Camille Zander, Lynne Burkart, Joey and Enola Richard, Todd Tournillon (“winner” in the live auction of a Pensacola Beach getaway), 2015 event Chairwoman Amy Lawler (who headed up the 2016 patron partying) and husband Christopher, Roy and Heather Taylor, Eleanor Farnsworth, Paul Peyronnin, Paul and Marie Simoneaux, Walt and Allison Savoy and celebrity auctioneers Mark Romig (with David Briggs and Sam Moreau) and Eric Paulsen (with Bethany). The Paulsens will soon be parents of a baby boy, so the Children’s Museum will beckon them.

Relishing their first night out as parents of newborn twin girls and daughter CC, Wynn and Julie Radford made “CHAIRish” an evening to cherish.

Mom’s the Word

To make parenting easier, many young women turn to the New Orleans Moms Blog for information about products and resources. To make it fun, there’s Moms Night Out, the largest event for the organization. It brings mothers together to connect face to face and also honors the anniversary of the blog’s creation. Children’s Hospital, Touro and the New Orleans Museum of Art, the site for the night, were the top sponsors.

A ticketed event, which has traditionally sold out in under two minutes, the party amasses 600 attendees, along with vendors and music.

Tables set up in NOMA for the recent fun were embellished with summer floral arrangements that included white hydrangeas, pick roses and pops of the blog’s signature purple. Boca Dulce provided a stunning four-tier “wedding cake” with cascading hydrangeas to coordinate with the florals. The true visual show stopper was a 6-foot-tall floral arch with handcrafted flowers, which, according to a party principal, “rivaled any of Carnival’s most gorgeous floats.”

At the recent revelry, the fourth, Moms merrymakers included Dr. Kyle Coleman, Dr. Lisa Donofrio, Anne Comarda, Aimee Gowland, Corrie Pellerin, Anitra Blue-Francis, Marshall Love, Alexis Korman, Kristen Moore, Sarah Chase, Angelina Vicknair, Janine Gilbert, Amanda Cannon, Lindsay Maloan, and Elizabeth Ledet.

Lasallian Levity

Dads and moms of school kids and alums gathered for the De La Salle Summer Alumni Party, the proceeds of which help underwrite scholarships for current and future DLS students. More than 300 alumni and spouses joined in the fun. The cuisine featured a slew of eateries that had alum representation; libations provided by F&M’s Trevor Palmer, Prytania Liquor’s H.D. Lanaux, and Southern Eagle and Wines Unlimited’s Howard Brown; and entertainment by the Maroon Legends. Turning out the tunes were Jimmy Baldwin (James M. Baldwin Jr., who chairs the school’s Board of Regents with George V. Young), Jack Coiron, Stewart Douglas, Peter Dupuy, Bill Folse, and Dr. Wynn Russo.

Ten lavish door prizes excited the crowd that crossed its fingers for luxury hotel stays, spa packages, home accessories and more. Martin Wine Cellar, Monkey Hill Bar and The Wine Seller contributed generously to the Wine Pull.

Each year, an extensive committee is formed. The party powers were most gratified by the 100 percent attendance of those members. Herb Anderson was the chairman, and Dr. Warren Caire, Crystal Marks and Gordon Stewart, the honorary ones. More thanks tapped the evening’s sponsors, which included as individuals Joi and Kenny Cangelosi, Dr. Russo, Dr. Myles Seghers, Floyd Simeon, and Carlette and Dr. Rod Williams. Toyota of Slidell sponsored the patron party spearheaded by Johnny Altobello Jr. and Mat Baer.

Yet another Summer Alumni Party aspect was the honoring of alumni wrestling team members and volleyball team members.

Showing their Cavalier spirit were Alumni Association President Johnny Altobello Jr. with Carolyn, Jane Anderson with Herb, Mat and Connie Baer, Karen Baldwin with Jimmy, Mark Brown, Matt deBlanc, DLS President Michael Giambelluca and Donnamaria, Lawson and Ellen Gomila, John Humphreys, Ferd Lorio, Gary and Carolyn Lorio, and with their above Dr. husbands Myles and Wynne, Linda Seghers and Toni Russo.